Friday, March 4, 2011

The END

Time of the Heathen has not proved to be a success.

First, several people told me the name was too scary for most readers -- they just would be afraid to find out more. Traffic to my website was 1-2 clicks per day, totally 5505 since I first put it up as a Comcast personal web site back in 2009.

Second, Smashwords E-version had 115 sample (10% of text) downloads, with no sales. Mark Coker states, "one sale for every 140 downloads, and for books that have actually sold one or more copies, it's about 1/50."

Third, Amazon digital just sent me $13.93 payment for sales of E-book versions sold. I think these went to family.

Fourth, CreateSpace, where I printed my paperback version sold me 28 copies. I gave 13-14 away to GoodReads reviewers and got 1 review (bad) from a girl who usually reads vampire romance novels.

So, I've decided to close down the website and rewrite by book as a literary genre title named "The End of This, The Beginning of That". I've added a new character, a fictional editor, and provided a new thread of plot running through the story. I asked to submit it to a Christian agent (Nancy Jernigan) who accepted the first 3 chapters for review Feb 16th, 2011.

Time of the Heathen is dead. Long live The End of This, The Beginning of That.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My two articles on ezine are seeing more readers. See "Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Religion (http://tinyurl.com/24opxqd) and "How can Writers Finish What They Begin" (http://tinyurl.com/2538thy).

If you are a writer, take a look and let me know what you think.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Author's Dream

What happens if dream becomes reality? Premonition becomes cognition? This is the subject of my video, Author's Dream, concerning my novel, Time of the Heathen. Can a novel that is dead last on Amazon go to number one because of coincidence? In this video, the author answers those and other questions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWFQX71v5Hs

This video marks the beginning of a new marketing scheme for my book. Since the book is a fantasy adventure, why not use fantasy marketing: I imagine what my book tour and author status is and publish those musings in videos.

I'm going for the humorously ironic. The video is being reproduced in the following venues:

Goodreads
Twitter
LinkedIn
SmashWords

Let's see if any new traffic goes to the website or buys the book at any of the channels.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Back on the Book Tour

At last, I'm back touring bookstores. I went to 6 bookstores yesterday. Actually I only went to two because 4 locations were closed! I got the bookstore addresses from the Internet - but instead of bookstores, auto body, gardening, and empty spaces occupied the storefront addresses.

Bookworm Paperbacks
Of the two bookstores that actually existed, the first was run by a nice, middle-aged lady named Mary. I showed her my book and asked her if she would stock it on consignment. She looked the book cover over and said, "No." She wasn't interested because she knew it wouldn't sell to her customers.

"Why not," I asked.

"Because most of my sales are romance novels," she responded. "I sell them used at $4.00 a copy. What does your book cost?"

"$16.95," I said ruefully.

She didn't want to waste both of our time stocking it. I gave her my card and left.

Cover to Cover Books
The second bookstore I got inside was run by another middle-aged lady. I told her that I was a local author and asked if she might be interested in stocking my book. She said she would like to see it. I showed her a copy. She paged through it for a minute and then handed it back.

"Sorry, I'm not interested," she said.

"Why not," I asked. "I'm curious."

"Most of the books I sell are used paperbacks. New books I've bought in the past from local authors have sat on the shelf for over 2 years and still not sold. I don't believe my customers will buy your book."

"OK," I said and I left the store, hauling my satchel of unsold books back to the car.

We'll try more bookstores tomorrow.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Google Analytics

I added Google Analytics to my site (http://www.timeoftheheathen.com). It appears the the statistics it generates vary a lot based upon site design. My landing page is also the page with the most content. Most people get to it and then leave after scanning the content. They don't appear to click many other links, because there aren't many. So I get a high "bounce" rate. This doesn't mean my site rejects viewers, it just means that readers do not click around to multiple pages within the site.

The website game that Google Analytics seems to support is, once people come to your site, keeping them there as long as possible and moving them around in multiple site pages.

This isn't my site's design. Is that wrong?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Getting near the end of my two writing projects: technical writing for a museum software project and technical writing for a computer chip manufacturer. Hopefully, I'll soon be back fulltime working on Book 2 of Time of the Heathen and promoting Book 1.

My old Time of the Heathen website now has over 11,000 visitors. However, my new website is not picking up that traffic. An automatic re-direct is not technically possible, per my former Internet Service provider. But you'd think more than 3% of visitors to the legacy site would click the link to the new site.

It doesn't appear to be happening - or my new provider isn't recording the traffic. Which is it?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Book Tour on Hold - just

I'm about one-half way through my technical writing contracts. I have ordered the first group of Time of the heathen novels to distribute to independent bookstores. Next week we should begin asking bookstores to take the novel.

I'm also working on Volume 2 of Time of the Heathen. I hope to buy some script writing software and begin work on the movie script.

Lot's going on. Your support is appreciated.